Financial Aid Timeline

Undergraduate Students

September

September: Incoming students and parents should begin to gather financial information in preparation for filing a FAFSA for their first academic year.

October

October 1: FAFSA is available to file.

November

November 1: Priority filing deadline for the FAFSA for students applying for admission under Early Decision Admissions & Early Action Admissions.
November 26: Verification documents due for Early Decision Admissions selected for verification.

December

December 3: Verification documents due for Early Action Admissions selected for verification.

Late December: Incoming students admitted under Early Decision Admissions who completed the FAFSA by November 1 should receive a financial aid award notification by late December.

January

January 15: Priority filing deadline for the FAFSA for students applying for admission under Regular Decision Admissions.

Mid-January: Incoming students admitted under Early Action Admissions who completed the FAFSA by November 1 should receive a financial aid award notification by mid-January.

February

February 15: Priority filing deadline for Continuing Students to submit the FAFSA.

February 15: Verification documents due for Regular Decision Admissions selected for verification.

March

March 1: Priority filing deadline for the FAFSA for students applying to Lewis & Clark as Transfer Students.  If submitting a transfer admissions application after March 1, please submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after submitting the admissions application.

March 29: Verification documents due for Continuing Students selected for verification.

May

May 1: National Candidates Reply Date.  Incoming students wishing to enroll at Lewis & Clark must submit the enrollment deposit by May 1.  See Admission Letter for further details.

June

June 1: Continuing Students who filed a valid FAFSA by February 15 and returned additional documentation by March 30 should receive a financial aid award notification by June 1.

As soon as you know that you’ve received any external scholarships, let us know by completing the External Resources Form.

July

July 1: Complete the steps necessary to secure student loan funds shown on your financial aid award for the upcoming school year.
Mid-July: Billing statements for the fall semester will be sent to students in mid-July by the Student Accounts Department.
Mid-July: Students and/or parents who wish to sign up for the Nelnet:Tuition Management Systems (TMS) monthly payment plan should enroll no later than mid-July.

August

August 1: Parents wishing to borrow a Federal PLUS Loan should complete an application with the U.S. Department of Education no later than August 1.

August 1: Students wishing to borrow a private education loan should select a lender and complete an application with that lender no later than August 1.

Early August: Double-check to make sure all steps necessary to secure financial aid are completed so funding will be applied to the student account at the beginning of the fall semester.

The fall semester billing due date is in early August.

September

Early September: If you are eligible for work-study and wish to work on campus, bring the necessary original employment documents to campus in the fall. Additional information regarding student employment and what documents are required can be found on the HR Student Employment website.

October

October 1: FAFSA is available to file for next year beginning October 1.

November

Mid-November: Billing statements for spring semester charges are sent to students in mid-November by the Student Accounts Department.

December

Mid-December: The spring semester billing due date is mid-December.